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BtVS Icons 
7th-Jan-2014 06:01 pm
Eternal Refuge gif + my name
I am trying to keep more organised this year - so here are some icons I made for 2 lots of slayerstillness ... and an even bigger shock to see a couple of awards!



1.  photo 2X19EYES1379_zps377f4c5b.jpg  2.  photo 2X19EYES0609_zpsbd633934.jpg  3.  photo 2X19EYES0271_zps67b56d8d.jpg  4.  photo 2X19EYES1087_zpsf4bc8cff.jpg  5.  photo 7X18DG2347_zpsedec190d.jpg

6.  photo 7X18DG1245_zps1b725290.jpg  7.   photo 7X18DG1281_zpsfb352c66.jpg   8.  photo 7X18DG0507_zpsec40de55.jpg  9.  photo 7X18DG1031_zps61ba7464.jpg  10.  photo 7X18DG1427_zps6ae19900.jpg



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As ever they are snaggable
Comments 
7th-Jan-2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
No surprise at all - congratulations! The Willow one is my favorite of the two prize winners; I like the "pointilist" quality of the background contrasted against the sharp image of Willow. I used to wonder how people achieved such things but I've started playing with Pixelmater on free trial, (a sort of junior version of Photoshop that even impresses my sweetie), and realize it's a matter of "layers". I don't know how to actually do layers yet - but someday!

You already know I love the Buffy in EP one, but I also LOVE #3 because it has several of my favorite things:
Buffy
A rarely-used image from the show
tight on the face and emphasis on the expression
strong contrasts of light and shadow
slightly assymmetrical, well-balanced composition
monochromatic (I love mono icon imagery and often make them but tend not to share because I rarely see them so I assume other people prefer color)
use of a frame (and in this case an unusual one that overlaps the image)
and, I like Sarah's profile (I don't know why, I just do)
8th-Jan-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I hoped you like the Willow one.

I do use layers (I had to learn for a 20in20 challenge some time ago) ... however much of the work I do (as on that Willow one) is to "circle" the character then work on the person/subject, then swap and work on the background. The challenges keep me trying new things ... some work (some don't!!).

That #3 frame was simple in that I blocked out a section and reversed the monochrome ... yes, I was pleased with the result as well.

Over the last few months I have tried to work with lesser used scenes, both to brighten my day, and to remind those who look at them of the vast range of stories that are portrayed.

I think I already said I work with GIMP as it's free, and does what I need.
8th-Jan-2014 08:31 pm (UTC)


Really? *hugs*

And yes you've mentioned Gimp to me before; I'm looking forward to mastering Pixelmater and doing layers of my own.

That #3 frame was simple in that I blocked out a section and reversed the monochrome ... yes, I was pleased with the result as well.

And as with your character or shot choices, I see a lot of subtle effects in your icons that I don't often see otherwise.

BTW - if the Top 5 was multifandom I'd be rec'ing your Servalan and Capt Janeway icons. (I was admiring them yesterday.)

and to remind those who look at them of the vast range of stories that are portrayed.

YESSSSSSSS! That has been so much on my mind this year. A lot of my conversations with clockwork_hart1 and the stories she wrote this past year have had to do with that point. And the Buffyverse Top 5 this time round has emphasized that - there's so much richness to this 'verse but it's easy, I think (I'm as guilty of this as anyone, I know) to overfocus on one character, 'ship or "clique".
7th-Jan-2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
8th-Jan-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you
7th-Jan-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Your work improves with each new icon. *claps in praise*

8th-Jan-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you - the challenges make me keep thinking of ways to work with our "family"
8th-Jan-2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Lovely icons. Really like 3, 5 and 8. Congratulations!
12th-Jan-2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
8th-Jan-2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh more icons - always good :)) (Especially Spike and Buffy *g*)
And congrats for your win.
12th-Jan-2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Cordy.
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